Library reading group

Come along to our drop-in library reading groups.

What are library reading groups?

At each session we will read a short story, article or blog post together and discuss what we think.

Do I need to prepare?

You do not need to read the pieces in advance. We will provide copies on the day.

Do I have to read aloud?

We will read together as a group but if you prefer you can join in with the discussion only.


These are drop-in sessions. There is no commitment. You can just attend one session and see if you like it.


Sessions will be held on Level 2 of Frenchay Library. Report to the help pods when you arrive.

Reading groups schedule 19/20


Date Time Reading(s) Theme
Tuesday 29 October 14:00 - 14:55 "Little Yellow Planes"  - Bristol Short Story Anthology Black History Month
Thursday 31 October 10:00 - 10:55 Black Voices: an anthology of Africa American literature Black History Month
Tuesday 5 November 14:00 - 14:55 I am not your Tituba - Common people - an anthology of working class writers Black History Month
Thursday 7 November 10:00 - 10:55 A guide to being Black - Varaidzo from The Good Immigrant Black History Month
Tuesday 12 November 14:00 - 14:55 Swirling Cleft - Folk (short story)  
Thursday 14 November 10:00 - 10:55 Long have I lain beside the water - Folk (short story)  
Tuesday 19 November 14:00 - 14:55 Don't mention class! - Common people - an anthology of working class writers Feminist Archive exhibition
Thursday 21 November 10:00 - 10:55 This session has been cancelled  
Tuesday 26 November 14:00 - 14:55 Fishskin, Hareskin - Folk (short story) Disability History Month
Thursday 28 November 10:00 - 10:55 Honoring high places - Wild women and their amazing adventures over land and sea (short story/memoir) Feminist Archive exhibition
Tuesday 3 December 14:00 - 14:55 School strike for climate - save the world by changing the rules - Greta Thunberg. TedxStockholm
How to be a superhero (blog post)
Disability History Month
Thursday 5 December 10:00 - 10:55 I move through London like a hotep
Dear hearing world
Two guns in the sky for Daniel Harris
All from The Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus (poetry)
Disability History Month
Tuesday 10 December 14:00 - 14:55 The Dignity of Disabled Lives - NY Times opinion piece
I didn't identify as deaf until I was 18. Then everything changed for me - Huffington Post
Disability History Month
Thursday 12 December 10:00 - 10:55 'Letters from Father Christmas' by JRR Tolkien  


Date Time Reading(s) Theme
Tuesday 4 February 12:00 - 12:55 The boy who wished to be a girl by Jasmine Yeomans-Hughes LGBT History Month
Thursday 6 February 12:00 - 12:55 Flor by Natalia Borges Polesso LGBT History Month
Tuesday 11 February 12:00 - 12:55 To be confirmed LGBT History Month
Thursday 13 February 12:00 - 12:55 Democracy was by Patrick Ryan LGBT History Month
Tuesday 18 February 12:00 - 12:55 A love story that looks like me by Tahiran Alexander Green (poem) LGBT History Month
Thursday 20 February 12:00 - 12:55 In Country - a short story about love in Paris by Jenny Aspen LGBT History Month
Tuesday 25 February 12:00 - 12:55 They will say by Alok LGBT History Month
Thursday 27 February 12:00 - 12:55 Between your heart and the fabric (novel excerpt) by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore - joint session with LGBT+ Allies LGBT History Month
Tuesday 3 March 12:00 - 12:55 Girl by Jamaica Kincaid Women's History Month
Thursday 5 March 12:00 - 12:55 Daughter of necessity by Marie Brennan Women's History Month
Tuesday 10 March 12:00 - 12:55 The new order by Karen Bender Women's History Month
Thursday 12 March 12:00 - 12:55 The lonesome bodybuilder by Yukiko Motoya Women's History Month
Tuesday 17 March 12:00 - 12:55 Laika by Sara Batkie Women's History Month
Thursday 19 March 12:00 - 12:55 The Cassandra by Sharma Shield Women's History Month
Tuesday 24 March 12:00 - 12:55 But her emails by A Ghazal Women's History Month
Thursday 26 March 12:00 - 12:55 The story of an hour by Kate Chopin Women's History Month
Tuesday 31 March 12:00 - 12:55 Amicae Aeternum by Ellen Klages Women's History Month


Our reading will be loosely themed around some of the events going on at the time, including Black History Month and Disability History Month. We also welcome suggestions and feedback.

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